"Halo Of Nembutals" as written by and Cedric/rodriguez Bixler....
When the earth let you go
When the verdict is vermin
By the fork in my tongue
When you run out of sermon

When sooner or later
Is still not enough
What a foul little temptress
Your daughter's become

[Repeat: x2]
Deviate all by means in name
Cause we all crawl in quicksand the same

The night I begged you to come to me
The limp in your talk and the scent of your bleed
It's still not enough roulette to let you go

You covered your wounds in a bandage of sloth
The deeper the slur that rang from her laugh
If something tells me to keep it together

How could you turn your back on me?
I've summoned the stampede of infidel feet
For all I ever wanted is all you ever flaunted

[Repeat: x2]
Deviate by all means in name
Cause we all crawl in quicksand the same

Vanish a fifth dementia
Tables of ring worms have hung themselves
Disarray
Communion shaped

Serpents raise in prisms and rainbows escaped

They sent in the necrophiliacs
Carcinogen tartans that smolder in asp
Disarray
Communion shaped

Serpents raise in prisms and rainbows escaped

Reading from bottomless palindromes
Hear my request to be disowned
Disarray
Communion shaped

Serpents raise in prisms and rainbows escaped

[Repeat: x2]
Deviate by all means in name
Cause we all crawl in quicksand the same


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"Halo of Nembutals" as written by Omar Rodriguez Cedric Bixler

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    General CommentMaybe the meaning of the chorus is we all deviate in what we call ourselves and our beliefs ( judaism, muslim, christianity, etc. )..... "cause we all crawl in quicksand the same" - meaning we all end up in the same place, or we all wade through the bullshit of life.

    just my interpretation of the chorus.
    ryanalbertjohnomaron September 27, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"for all I ever wanted, is all you ever flaunted" is one of the best lyrics i've ever heard. i love cedric.
    kmstreet64on June 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust a guess that this could be something to do with sin; how we are all going to end up in the same place anyway. The first verse seems to be about death/being judged and sent to hell, and the next few almost seem to be addressed from the POV of the devil towards God (just my guess). Or maybe more generally a person who has accepted that they (and we all) are inevitably going to end up in hell, addressing a "holier than thou" type of person waiting for salvation/convinced they are headed to heaven.

    I guess it's kind of a religious interpretation but there are plenty of metaphors for Satan/the devil/snakes in there.
    Cruiserfanon June 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell "Nembutal is a trade name for pentobarbital, which is a long-acting barbiturate used as a sedative. The drug is commonly used in suicides; and is also used in executions in the People's Republic of China." (source Wikipedia)

    If you look at the first line it shows it could mean it about suicide but as execution for a wrong dead (probably murder of someone close). When listening to this song (which was very enjoyable) I kept that in mind. They (the band) are obviously coming from a person's point of view who is very angry at someone for doing some very very terrible. This person obviously thinks that the person that committed this crime isn't worth even being executed. This really makes sense to me until the second part of the song which I don't understand either way >.>

    To Cruiserfan you are on to something, but The Mars Volta like to put religious allusions into their songs.
    Ensivionon July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting that as soon as words and phrases becomes a little bit complicated and a little bit more "metaphorical" everyone jumps to the conclusion that it's about god, or religion in some way. Sure that's the case a lot of times, but you can describe views and thoughts with odd words without it having to be religious.
    Of course I could be wrong in this case.

    (These are my thoughts about the lyrics)
    I believe that this song is a criticism to our society and what life has become within it. The "demon" is the coldhearted society that we live in. Describing it vaguely as a demon is a much more efficient way of portraying hate than just to use the word "hate". The demon is already evil, that's a given.

    "What a foul little temptress your daughter's become", is referring to the followers and enforcers of the society and the arbitrary rules within it. The product of not caring for anyone for hundreds of years. The ones who obey without question.

    "Cause we all crawl in quicksand the same". This has to be one of the strongest lines I've seen in lyrics. We all know, or have heard that if you're stuck in quicksand: don't move. But if we would fall in a pit of quicksand we'd all freak out, try to get out and eventually sink, even though we knew what we had to do. So even though we all know about the problems and how to get around them, when we're in them ourselves we forget everything we've learned and start to panic. The "quicksand" here is the inevitable realization of how sad our existence within society has become.

    "You covered your wounds in a bandage of sloth
    the deeper the slur that rang from her laugh
    and something tells me to keep it together"
    This verse is really interesting. It treats our communities like a being with self-awareness. "The wounds" would be the people who speak out, try to change and reorganize and the "covering" would be the killing of those people or opinions.

    "Of this I ate...
    communion shaped..."
    This portrays how easy we'll swallow the lies, and the disguise of a "community" in a structure that doesn't care about anything in it except the ones that will keep it growing.

    "Serpent rays in prism tail rainbows escape"
    From my point of view, this line would refer to commercials, how intriguing they can be even though we all know it's crap and that it's only a psychological trick they use to get us to buy more shit we don't need.



    Komberalon July 16, 2011   Link

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